Wrestling: European Nations Qualify in Greco-Roman as Tournament Comes to a Close

The final European wrestling quotas were decided in the men’s Greco-Roman events as the 2021 European Olympic Qualification Tournament comes to an end. In terms of Olympic qualification, the winners and runners-up qualify a quota to the games. The European Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Budapest, Hungary from March 18th to March 21st 2021.

Both Georgia and Russia were able to win a pair of quotas while eight other nations grabbed a single quota each. 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2018 World Championship gold medalist Sergey Semenov of Russia grabbed a quota to compete in the -130kg along with Lithuania’s Mantas Knystautas. The second Russian quota was obtained in the -77kg thanks to the performance of 2018 World Championship gold medalist Aleksandr Chekhirkin. Also qualifying in the -77kg was Croatia’s Bozo Starcevic. In the men’s Greco-Roman -60kg the quotas were won by 2020 European Championship silver medalist Kerem Kamal of Turkey and Germany’s Etienne Kinsinger.

One of Georgia’s quotas came in the -87kg event where 2019 World Championship gold medalist (in -82kg) Lasha Gobadze moved up a weight class to qualify along with 2020 European Championship bronze medalist Islam Abbasov of Azerbaijan. The second Georgian quota was obtained by Ramaz Zoidze in the -67kg who qualified along with Hungary’s Balint Korpasi whom went down a weight class after winning bronze at the 2019 World Championships in the -72kg event. The men’s Greco-Roman -97kg quotas went to 2018 World Championship silver medalist Kiril Milov of Bulgaria and Finland’s Arvi Savolainen.

Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the world qualification tournament to be held in May. The two remaining continental qualifiers (Africa/Oceania and Asia) are scheduled to be held in April.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Greco-Roman -60kg
* Germany
* Turkey

Men’s Greco-Roman -67kg
* Georgia
* Hungary

Men’s Greco-Roman -77kg
* Croatia
* Russia

Men’s Greco-Roman -87kg
* Azerbaijan
* Georgia

Men’s Greco-Roman -97kg
* Bulgaria
* Finland

Men’s Greco-Roman -130kg
* Lithuania
* Russia

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